AP Vocabulary 4

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Persona

narrator in a non-first person novel

Allegory

story, play, or picture in which characters are used as symbols; fable

Diction

a writer's or speaker's choice of words

Black humor

The use of disturbing themes in comedy.

Metonym

a word that is used to stand for something else that it has attributes of or is associated with

Euphemism

an inoffensive expression that is substituted for one that is considered offensive

Hubris

excessive pride or arrogance that results in the downfall of the protagonist of a tragedy

Paradox

(logic) a self-contradiction

Zeugma/Syllepsis

The use of a word to modify or govern two or more words in such a manner that it applies to each in a different sense or appropriate to only one. "He held his breath and the door for me." Zuegma is two like things while Syllepsis is two unlike things.

Vacillate

To swing indecisively from one idea or course of action to another; to waver weakly in mind or will

Adulation

excessive praise or admiration

Usurp

(v.) to seize and hold a position by force or without right

Taciturn

habitually reserved and uncommunicative

Rancor

a feeling of deep and bitter anger and ill-will

Erudite

(adj.) scholarly, learned, bookish, pedantic

Lament

to mourn or to express sorrow in a demonstrative manner

Pragmatic

concerned with practical matters

Deprecate

to express disapproval of

Catharsis

purification that brings emotional relief or renewal

Candor

sincerity; openness

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